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‘Queer’ Asia is a network of queer identifying scholars, academics, activists, artists and performers. It is a platform for inter-Asia collaboration, dialogue and research on issues affecting people who self-identify as LGBTQ+ or belong to other non-normative sexualities and gender identities in Asia, or Asian diasporas and beyond.

With two queerly packed conferences in June 2016 and June 2017 we’re all set to bring out the third installment of QA titled ‘Bodies X Borders’. Our conferences feature academic panels, films, and talks from all over Asia including South Korea, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Singapore, and Mongolia.

This year we organise the third edition of our annual conference with Queer Asia 2018: Bodies X Borders (QA18). It focuses on dialogues on burgeoning questions around bodies and borders, with their attendant biopolitics. How are queer lives being managed and manoeuvred? How do they intersect and intervene with the realities and representations of queer communities in Asia and within Asian diasporas.

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Queer Asia Conference 2018

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Queer Asia Conference 2018: Bodies X Borders

Abstract submission deadline: 30th December 2017

SUBMISSION LINK – NOW CLOSED

In Asia and beyond, queer identities and lived experiences offer unprecedented opportunities to challenge dominant ways of living, being, and knowing. The third edition of the ‘Queer’ Asia conference charts new dialogues on burgeoning questions around bodies and borders, with their attendant biopolitics. How are queer lives being managed and manoeuvred? How do they intersect and intervene with the realities and representations of queer communities in Asia and within Asian diasporas.

As migration (enforced and chosen), war, and crisis (personal, professional, political) impact queer bodies we ask: how do they move and survive in the numerous and varied Asian contexts? How do race, gender, ability, religion, class/caste, disease, and violences impact queer Asian bodies? Can queer bodies transgress (internal and external) borders imposed by politics, economy, science, religion, and culture? How do crises around nationalism and globalisation affect non-normative gender and sexual identities?

We would like to invite all those working on facets of queerness in/on Asia to submit a proposal on any of these or related areas. Proposals may take the form of academic abstract or creative idea. If you have questions relating to submission do not hesitate to get in touch at queerasia@gmail.com.

Submissions could address, but are not limited to, the following sub-themes:

 

– Embodied Queerness                           – Other(ed) Bodies

– Right-wing Resurgence                      – Borders and Borderlands

– Migration and Diaspora                     – Mixed Race Identity and Anti-blackness

– Nation and Citizenship                       – Sacred/Safe Spaces

– Bio-/Necro-politics                                – Health and Well-being

– Life Course and Aging                        – Poverty and Economic Justice

– Performances/Representations      – Corporation and Corporate Philanthropy

– Activism                                                   – Pink Washing

– Progression and Transgression      – Prejudices and Phobias

– War                                                          – Disability

– Queer Capital

Proposal Guidelines:
Please submit your 300 word proposal by filling in the online form

Please fill in your details and upload a word or pdf document (Filename: SURNAME_INITIAL.doc/.pdf)

Deadline: 30 December 2017

Applicants will hear by February 2018

Conference Date: 27th and 28th June, 2018 (tentative)

 

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Queer Asia Film Festival 2018

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Queer Asia Film Festival 2018: Submissions Closed

Deadline for submissions was: 30 December 2017

The second installment of Queer Asia’s annual Film Festival is inviting submissions around the theme of Bodies X Borders to be screened in June 2018 in London. Bodies X Borders evokes frames of visualising queer bodies transgressing (norms, nations, identities) in a fast changing global world.

The Queer Asia Film Festival 2017 was the first ever film festival centred on LGBTQI+ identities in Asia and the Asian diaspora to be held in University of London. This first edition was held in June 2017 at SOAS, University of London and University College London. The film festival is geared at promoting visibility and providing an international platform for Asian queer themes, issues, and artists. The 2017 edition was attended by over 500 people and showcased films from Lebanon, India, Brunei, Canada, Philippines, Taiwan, China, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, UK, Singapore, and Ireland.

Queer Asia Film Festival 2018 will accept films from all across the world that touch on issues pertaining to LGBTQIA+ sexuality and gender in Asian communities and can be understood under the theme of Bodies X Borders.

There is no restriction on the type of film that can be submitted. These include short films, documentaries, experimental films, feature films etc. There is no submission fee.

Please note that we will only accept films which have been completed in the past two years, and non-English films must have English subtitles.

How to send in a submission:

Please submit your film by filling in this form

Please include (where instructed) a link to the trailer (if available) and a link to the full film.

Deadline for submissions: 30 December 2017.

Film Festival Date: 22nd – 29th June, 2018 (tentative)

Please note early bird submissions (before this date) will be eligible for funding from Queer Asia for Festival attendance.

If you have any queries, please email queerasia@gmail.com.

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